Assalaam

From among the most beautiful names of Allah is Assalaam…which means “The one who is Absolutely Perfect”.

Normally we just think of Allah half-heartedly… as if from a distance…so when we say he is great or that he is flawless…these words don’t really impact our hearts because we are not really actively paying attention or analyzing the attributes of Allah closely.

But really studying these beautiful names of Allah in depth takes us on a journey of enlightenment because it makes us look at these attributes of Allah very deeply and closely…and so when we see the magnificence of Allah from the eyes of our heart then we can truly feel the love that is a direct result of really knowing and experiencing Allah’s beauty and perfection.

So let’s try and get a glimpse of the awesome name: Assalaam…

Allah (subhanahu wa taala) introduces himself in the Quran:

هُوَ اللَّهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ{23

He is Allah, besides Whom there is no god; the King, the Holy, the Absolutely Perfect, the Granter of security, Guardian over all, the Mighty, the Supreme, the Possessor of every greatness Glory be to Allah from what they set up (with Him).

Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala alone is the one who deserves the name Assalaam… because of his extreme perfection in his being, in his names and also in his actions. In other words perfection is inseparable from His majesty.

Allah is free from the weakness of tiredness… free from the need to sleep…

He was always alive and will remain alive forever… death cannot touch him…

His powers and abilities do not ever diminish… Allah is forever constant… his attributes do not change…

His actions are absolutely perfect… he does not do anything against wisdom…

His justice is flawless… he never does any zulm to anyone

His knowledge is perfectly encompassing each and everything…not even the tiniest particle can escape his notice…

Similarly all other attributes of Allah like Hearing and seeing, planning and executing his commands… etc… all are extremely perfect and flawless.

Thus infact the name Assalaam is so great that it encompasses all the other names of Allah too… because all the names and attributes are absolutely perfect.

So the question arises: how does this beautiful name Assalaam impact our lives? What benefit does it have for us?

The answer to this can be understood if we ponder upon how and why do we lack productivity in our lives? Mostly we suffer from a lack of energy due to negative thinking. Sometimes we are brooding upon our own imperfections and weaknesses… and other times we become pessimistic when we see the flaws in people whom we live and work with. It’s like a constant battle of nerves which we keep fighting and the reason why it becomes like such a huge challenge is simply due to the fact that we love perfection but we fail to understand that ONLY Allah is the One who is free from flaws. All others must have some weakness or the other just because Allah made us like this… and then we think why didn’t Allah make us perfect? Well, that’s because this life is a test. How could we earn the rewards of patience if we didn’t have to face the weaknesses of people? How would we recognize the worth of good behavior of one person if didn’t have any opposite to compare it with?

However despite all our weaknesses we still have the desire for perfection and it can be fulfilled only when we are able to develop a strong bond with Allah who is Assalaam. Therefore the realization of Allah’s perfection and finding comfort in the name Assalaam is something that is of utmost importance if we want to remain enthusiastic and optimistic.

And that is why Allah made the utterance of this name so common that every single time we meet someone we greet each other with Assalamu alaikum… which is a reminder that the peace and blessings which we send on others is due to the awesome perfection of Allah. But we never realize while greeting others that we are in fact spreading the name of Allah. Imagine how meaningful our salaam would become if we understand that through it we are reminding ourselves and others that Allah is just absolutely and unimaginably perfect!!

Another blessing of this name is that it is a means of increasing love in our hearts. You see the feeling of love cannot exist in a heart that is full of grudges or jealousy or other negative feelings. So when we say Assalaam and realize how perfect Allah is then it causes us to severely dislike our bad feelings and we hasten to remove them from our hearts… so they become clean enough to be able to love… as is proved from the Hadith of Allah’s Messenger:

Abu Huraira (r.a.) narrated that Prophet (s.a.w) said:

You will not enter paradise until you have faith

And you will not have faith until you love one another

Should I not inform you about something that if you will do it then you will love one another? Spread “Assalaam” amongst yourselves.

And so in every salah too we say Assalaam to the Messenger of Allah and upon all the righteous slaves of Allah…

The Prophet (s.a.w) said:

“Allah is the one who is Assalaam… so when you sit during salah you should say:

‘All worship is for Allah and prayers and goodness… Assalaam upon you O Prophet… and the mercy and blessings of Allah (be upon you) … Assalaam upon us and upon the righteous slaves of Allah”

And the Prophet (s.a.w) said that when someone says this then this greeting reaches all the good slaves of Allah, in the heavens and the earth.

But our problem is that on the one hand we don’t know the meaning of what we are saying in salah…and on the other hand even if someone knows the meaning they don’t concentrate on these words when they say it…

No wonder in spite of having the knowledge of Allah and His perfection we mostly remain empty and miserable because we do not make any conscious effort to internalize Allah’s names in our hearts or in our thoughts or actions.

So then how to bring a positive change in our life with Assalaam?

  • First of all we must focus deeply on the fact that Allah is absolutely flawless and perfect.
  • Secondly become absolutely convinced that Allah cannot do anything to us that is less than perfect… because all His decisions are based on his flawless justice and his perfect wisdom and his awesome knowledge of what is good and what is not good for us,
  • Thirdly accept the fact that human beings can never be perfect so we should stop expecting others to have perfection.
  • We love Allah and want to attain his friendship so we should always aim high in excellence… although we know we can never be perfect but it should be our goal in life to strive for excellence in everything that we do… constantly improving the standard of our worship, our behavior with people and also our routine activities… knowing that each and everything is being watched by the One who is absolutely Perfect…
  • Finally we should constantly remind ourselves that for such excellent people who love the perfection of Allah… He has prepared the paradise which he refers to as the “Dar-us-Salaam”… which means the house of perfection…a house which is free from the imperfections like disease or death, hunger or thirst… and all such afflictions

لَهُمْ دَارُ السَّلَامِ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ ۖ وَهُوَ وَلِيُّهُمْ بِمَا كَانُوا يَعْمَلُونَ {127

They shall have the abode of perfection with their Lord, and He is their protecting friend because of what they did.

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